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Keynote Speakers

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Russell Viner 

Russell Viner is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Education. He is a paediatrician and professor at the University College London (UCL) Great Ormond St. Institute of Child Health and works clinically at University College London Hospitals (UCLH).
His work focuses on public health and policy for children and young people, particularly at the overlap of physical and mental health and the connections between education and health. His research ranges from trials in schools to improve mental health to data science work with very large, linked datasets in health and education. Australian by background, he started work at UCL after medical training in Queensland and a PhD at Cambridge University.

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Ivan Frkovic

Commissioner Frkovic has worked in the Queensland mental health system for more than 30 years and oversees the delivery and implementation of Queensland’s strategic plan for mental health, alcohol and drugs and suicide prevention. Commissioner Frkovic is experienced across government and non-government organisations, bringing all sectors together to focus on delivering better mental health outcomes for Queenslanders.

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Alex Haslam

Alex Haslam is a Professor of Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He is an Associate Editor of Leadership Quarterly and a former Chief Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in social, organizational and clinical contexts. Together with colleagues, he has written and edited 15 books and over 300 peer-reviewed articles on these topics that have been cited nearly 70,000 times. His most recent books are The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power (2nd ed. Psychology Press, 2020, with Steve Reicher & Michael Platow), and The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the Social Cure (Routledge, 2018, with Catherine Haslam, Jolanda Jetten, Tegan Cruwys, & Genevieve Dingle). In 2022 Alex was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia “for significant service to higher education, particularly psychology, through research and mentoring”. Alex will be presenting some of his work on loneliness and its impact on young people.

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2024 Youth Health Conference

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2024 Youth Health Conference theme: Connecting to Our Future

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